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School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up
Winters follows the successful format of Calligraphy for Kids (Sterling, 2004) with this companion volume. However, readers need not have worked with the earlier title in order to grasp the material in this one. An attractive dust jacket hints at the styles that are taught within. Twenty well-written, easy-to-follow explanatory chapters are filled with plenty of practical exercises. Chapters are grouped into three parts with the first reviewing calligraphy basics, vocabulary, and types of writing instruments. The second part teaches italic, swing gothic, and modern gothic alphabets. Finally, creative projects such as stationery, envelopes, signs, and "calligrams" are described. The author also suggests other ways to find patterns for calligraphy projects such as photocopying shapes or pictures from children's books, advertisements, greeting cards, and gift wrap but includes no mention of copyright issues. Nonetheless, this eye-catching how-to book is a great resource for children and adults.
—Lynn K. VancaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.